45 publications

45 publications

A De Novo Designed Metalloenzyme for the Hydration of CO2

Pecoraro, V. L.

Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2014, 10.1002/anie.201404925

Protein design will ultimately allow for the creation of artificial enzymes with novel functions and unprecedented stability. To test our current mastery of nature’s approach to catalysis, a ZnII metalloenzyme was prepared using de novo design. α3DH3 folds into a stable single‐stranded three‐helix bundle and binds ZnII with high affinity using His3O coordination. The resulting metalloenzyme catalyzes the hydration of CO2 better than any small molecule model of carbonic anhydrase and with an efficiency within 1400‐fold of the fastest carbonic anhydrase isoform, CAII, and 11‐fold of CAIII.


Metal: Zn
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: α3D peptide
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical & genetic
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: kcat/KM ≈ 3.8*104 M-1*s-1

A Designed Functional Metalloenzyme that Reduces O2 to H2O with Over One Thousand Turnovers

Lu, Y.

Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2012, 10.1002/anie.201201981

Rational design of functional enzymes with a high number of turnovers is a challenge, especially those with a complex active site, such as respiratory oxidases. Introducing two His and one Tyr residues into myoglobin resulted in enzymes that reduce O2 to H2O with more than 1000 turnovers (red line, see scheme) and minimal release of reactive oxygen species. The positioning of the Tyr residue is critical for activity.


Metal: Cu
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical & genetic
Max TON: 1056
ee: ---
PDB: 4FWX
Notes: Sperm whale myoglobin

A Designed Heme-[4Fe-4S] Metalloenzyme Catalyzes Sulfite Reduction like the Native Enzyme

Lu, Y.

Science, 2018, 10.1126/science.aat8474

Multielectron redox reactions often require multicofactor metalloenzymes to facilitate coupled electron and proton movement, but it is challenging to design artificial enzymes to catalyze these important reactions, owing to their structural and functional complexity. We report a designed heteronuclear heme-[4Fe-4S] cofactor in cytochrome c peroxidase as a structural and functional model of the enzyme sulfite reductase. The initial model exhibits spectroscopic and ligand-binding properties of the native enzyme, and sulfite reduction activity was improved—through rational tuning of the secondary sphere interactions around the [4Fe-4S] and the substrate-binding sites—to be close to that of the native enzyme. By offering insight into the requirements for a demanding six-electron, seven-proton reaction that has so far eluded synthetic catalysts, this study provides strategies for designing highly functional multicofactor artificial enzymes.


Metal: Fe
Host protein: Cytochrome c peroxidase
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical & genetic
Reaction: Sulfite reduction
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: Designed heteronuclear heme-[4Fe-4S] cofactor in cytochrome c peroxidase

A Designed Metalloenzyme Achieving the Catalytic Rate of a Native Enzyme

Lu, Y.; Wang, J.

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 10.1021/jacs.5b07119

Terminal oxidases catalyze four-electron reduction of oxygen to water, and the energy harvested is utilized to drive the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate. While much effort has been made to design a catalyst mimicking the function of terminal oxidases, most biomimetic catalysts have much lower activity than native oxidases. Herein we report a designed oxidase in myoglobin with an O2 reduction rate (52 s–1) comparable to that of a native cytochrome (cyt) cbb3 oxidase (50 s–1) under identical conditions. We achieved this goal by engineering more favorable electrostatic interactions between a functional oxidase model designed in sperm whale myoglobin and its native redox partner, cyt b5, resulting in a 400-fold electron transfer (ET) rate enhancement. Achieving high activity equivalent to that of native enzymes in a designed metalloenzyme offers deeper insight into the roles of tunable processes such as ET in oxidase activity and enzymatic function and may extend into applications such as more efficient oxygen reduction reaction catalysts for biofuel cells.


Metal: Cu
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Reaction: O2 reduction
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: O2 reduction rates of 52 s-1 were achieved in combination with the native redox partner cyt b5.

A Designed Supramolecular Protein Assembly with In Vivo Enzymatic Activity

Tezcan, F. A.

Science, 2014, 10.1126/science.1259680

The generation of new enzymatic activities has mainly relied on repurposing the interiors of preexisting protein folds because of the challenge in designing functional, three-dimensional protein structures from first principles. Here we report an artificial metallo-β-lactamase, constructed via the self-assembly of a structurally and functionally unrelated, monomeric redox protein into a tetrameric assembly that possesses catalytic zinc sites in its interfaces. The designed metallo-β-lactamase is functional in the Escherichia coli periplasm and enables the bacteria to survive treatment with ampicillin. In vivo screening of libraries has yielded a variant that displays a catalytic proficiency [(kcat/Km)/kuncat] for ampicillin hydrolysis of 2.3 × 106 and features the emergence of a highly mobile loop near the active site, a key component of natural β-lactamases to enable substrate interactions.


Metal: Zn
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Cytochrome cb562
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: 4U9E
Notes: ---

A Hydrogenase Model System Based on the Sequence of Cytochrome c: Photochemical Hydrogen Evolution in Aqueous Media

Hayashi, T

Chem. Commun., 2011, 10.1039/c1cc11157d

The diiron carbonyl cluster is held by a native CXXC motif, which includes Cys14 and Cys17, in the cytochrome c sequence. It is found that the diiron carbonyl complex works well as a catalyst for H2 evolution. It has a TON of ∼80 over 2 h at pH 4.7 in the presence of a Ru-photosensitizer and ascorbate as a sacrificial reagent in aqueous media.


Metal: Fe
Ligand type: Carbonyl
Host protein: Cytochrome c
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: ---
Reaction: H2 evolution
Max TON: 82
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: Horse heart cytochrome C

Alteration of the Oxygen-Dependent Reactivity of De Novo Due Ferri Proteins

DeGrado, W. F.

Nat. Chem., 2012, 10.1038/NCHEM.1454

De novo proteins provide a unique opportunity to investigate the structure–function relationships of metalloproteins in a minimal, well-defined and controlled scaffold. Here, we describe the rational programming of function in a de novo designed di-iron carboxylate protein from the Due Ferri family. Originally created to catalyse the O2-dependent, two-electron oxidation of hydroquinones, the protein was reprogrammed to catalyse the selective N-hydroxylation of arylamines by remodelling the substrate access cavity and introducing a critical third His ligand to the metal-binding cavity. Additional second- and third-shell modifications were required to stabilize the His ligand in the core of the protein. These structural changes resulted in at least a 106-fold increase in the relative rate between the arylamine N-hydroxylation and hydroquinone oxidation reactions. This result highlights the potential for using de novo proteins as scaffolds for future investigations of the geometric and electronic factors that influence the catalytic tuning of di-iron active sites.


Metal: Fe
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Due Ferro 1
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Reaction: N-Hydroxylation
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: 2LFD
Notes: ---

An Artificial Di-Iron Oxo-Orotein with Phenol Oxidase Activity

DeGrado, W. F.; Lombardi, A.

Nat. Chem. Biol., 2009, 10.1038/nchembio.257

Here we report the de novo design and NMR structure of a four-helical bundle di-iron protein with phenol oxidase activity. The introduction of the cofactor-binding and phenol-binding sites required the incorporation of residues that were detrimental to the free energy of folding of the protein. Sufficient stability was, however, obtained by optimizing the sequence of a loop distant from the active site.


Metal: Fe
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Due Ferro 1
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Reaction: Alcohol oxidation
Max TON: >50
ee: ---
PDB: 2KIK
Notes: kcat/KM ≈ 1380 M-1*min-1

Metal: Fe
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Due Ferro 1
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Reaction: Amine oxidation
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: 2KIK
Notes: kcat/KM ≈ 83 M-1*min-1

An Artificial Metalloenzyme: Creation of a Designed Copper Binding Site in a Thermostable Protein

Reetz, M. T.

Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2010, 10.1002/anie.201002106

Guided by nature: A designed binding site comprising the His/His/Asp motif for CuII complexation has been constructed in a robust protein by site‐specific mutagenesis (see picture). The artificial metalloenzyme catalyzes an enantioselective Diels–Alder reaction.


Metal: Cu
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: tHisF
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Max TON: 6.7
ee: 46
PDB: ---
Notes: ---

Aqueous Light Driven Hydrogen Production by a Ru–Ferredoxin–Co Biohybrid

Utschig, L. M.

Chem. Commun., 2015, 10.1039/c5cc03006d


Metal: Co
Ligand type: Oxime
Host protein: Ferredoxin (Fd)
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: ---
Reaction: H2 evolution
Max TON: 210
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: Recalculated TON

Artificial Dicopper Oxidase: Rational Reprogramming of Bacterial Metallo- b-lactamase into a Catechol Oxidase

Fujieda, N.; Itoh, S.

Chem. - Asian J., 2012, 10.1002/asia.201101014


Metal: Cu
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: β-lactamase
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Reaction: Catechol oxidation
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: 2FU7
Notes: ---

A Structural View of Synthetic Cofactor Integration into [FeFe]-Hydrogenases

Apfel, U.-P.; Happe, T.; Kurisu, G.

Chem. Sci., 2016, 10.1039/C5SC03397G


Metal: Fe
Ligand type: CN; CO; Dithiolate
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical
Reaction: H2 evolution
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: 4XDC
Notes: H2 evolution activity of the ArM: 2874 (mmol H2)*min-1*(mg protein)-1.

Building Reactive Copper Centers in Human Carbonic Anhydrase II

Emerson, J. P.

J. Biol. Inorg. Chem., 2013, 10.1007/s00775-013-1009-1


Metal: Cu
Ligand type: Amino acid
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: ---
Reaction: Oxidation
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: 1RZC
Notes: Oxidation of 2-aminophenol with subsequent formation of 2-aminophenoxazinone. Reaction rate = 0.09 s-1

Carbene in Cupredoxin Protein Scaffolds: Replacement of a Histidine Ligand in the Active Site Substantially Alters Copper Redox Properties

Albrecht, M.; Paradisi, F.

Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2018, 10.1002/ange.201807168


Metal: Cu
Host protein: Azurin
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical & genetic
Reaction: Electron transfer
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: ---

Carbonic Anhydrase II as Host Protein for the Creation of a Biocompatible Artificial Metathesase

Ward, T. R.

Org. Biomol. Chem., 2015, 10.1039/c5ob00428d


Metal: Ru
Ligand type: Carbene
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical & genetic
Reaction: Olefin metathesis
Max TON: 28
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: Ring closing metathesis. 28 turnovers obtained under physiological conditions within 4 hours.

Catalysis by a De Novo Zinc-Mediated Protein Interface: Implications for Natural Enzyme Evolution and Rational Enzyme Engineering

Kuhlman, B.

Biochemistry, 2012, 10.1021/bi201881p


Metal: Zn
Ligand type: Amino acid
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical & genetic
Max TON: >50
ee: ---
PDB: 3V1C
Notes: ---

Catalytic Reduction of NO to N2O by a Designed Heme Copper Center in Myoglobin: Implications for the Role of Metal Ions

Lu, Y.

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 10.1021/ja058822p


Metal: Cu
Ligand type: Amino acid; Porphyrin
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Max TON: 2400
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: Sperm whale myoglobin

Chalcogenide Substitution in the [2Fe] Cluster of [FeFe]-Hydrogenases Conserves High Enzymatic Activity

Apfel, U.-P.; Happe, T.

Dalton Trans., 2017, 10.1039/C7DT03785F


Metal: Fe
Ligand type: CN; CO; Diselenolate
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical
Reaction: H2 evolution
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: 5OEF
Notes: ---

Computational Redesign of a Mononuclear Zinc Metalloenzyme for Organophosphate Hydrolysis

Baker, D.

Nat. Chem. Biol., 2012, 10.1038/NChemBio.777


Metal: Zn
Ligand type: Amino acid
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Max TON: >140
ee: ---
PDB: 3T1G
Notes: kcat/KM ≈ 104 M-1*s-1

Control of the Coordination Structure of Organometallic Palladium Complexes in an Apo-Ferritin Cage

Ueno, T.; Watanabe, Y.

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 10.1021/ja802463a


Metal: Pd
Ligand type: Allyl
Host protein: Ferritin
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: ---
Reaction: Suzuki coupling
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: 2ZG7
Notes: ---

Defining the Role of Tyrosine and Rational Tuning of Oxidase Activity by Genetic Incorporation of Unnatural Tyrosine Analogs

Lu, Y.; Wang, J.

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 10.1021/ja5109936


Metal: Cu
Ligand type: Porphyrin
Host protein: Myoglobin (Mb)
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical & genetic
Max TON: 1200
ee: ---
PDB: 4FWX
Notes: Sperm whale myoglobin

Definite Coordination Arrangement of Organometallic Palladium Complexes Accumulated on the Designed Interior Surface of Apo-Ferritin

Ueno, T.

Chem. Commun., 2011, 10.1039/C0CC02221G


Metal: Pd
Ligand type: Allyl
Host protein: Ferritin
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Reaction: Suzuki coupling
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: ---

De Novo Design of Catalytic Proteins

DeGrado, W. F.

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A., 2004, 10.1073/pnas.0404387101


Metal: Fe
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Due Ferro 1
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Reaction: Alcohol oxidation
Max TON: >100
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: kcat/KM ≈ 1540 M-1*min-1

Design and Evolution of New Catalytic Activity with an Existing Protein Scaffold

Kim, H. S.

Science, 2006, 10.1126/science.1118953


Metal: Zn
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Glyoxalase II (Human)
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: 2F50
Notes: kcat/KM ≈ 184 M-1*s-1

Designing a Functional Type 2 Copper Center that has Nitrite Reductase Activity Within α-Helical Coiled Coils

Pecoraro, V. L.

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A., 2012, 10.1073/pnas.1212893110


Metal: Cu
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: TRI peptide
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical & genetic
Max TON: >5
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: Nitrite reduction

Design of a Switchable Eliminase

DeGrado, W. F.

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A., 2011, 10.1073/pnas.1018191108


Metal: Ca
Ligand type: Amino acid
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Reaction: Kemp elimination
Max TON: >40
ee: ---
PDB: 2KZ2
Notes: Ca acts as allosteric regulator, catalytically active site contains no metal

Diruthenium Diacetate-Catalyzed Aerobic Oxidation of Hydroxylamines and Improved Chemoselectivity by Immobilization to Lysozyme

Cardona, F.; Goti, A.; Messori, L.

ChemCatChem, 2017, 10.1002/cctc.201701083


Metal: Ru
Ligand type: Amino acid; OAc
Host protein: Lysozyme
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical
Max TON: 1000
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: ---

Engineered Metal Regulation of Trypsin Specificity

Craik, C. S.

Biochemistry, 1995, 10.1021/bi00007a010


Metal: Zn
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Trypsin
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: Substrate specificty

Metal: Ni
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: Trypsin
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Genetic
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: Substrate specificty

Hybrid [FeFe]-Hydrogenases with Modified Active Sites Show Remarkable Residual Enzymatic Activity

Lubitz, W.; Reijerse, E.

Biochemistry, 2015, 10.1021/bi501391d


Metal: Fe
Ligand type: CN; CO; Dithiolate
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: ---
Notes: H2 evolution: TOF = 450 s-1. H2 oxidation: TOF = 150 s-1.

Hydrolytic Catalysis and Structural Stabilization in a Designed Metalloprotein

Pecoraro, V. L.

Nat. Chem., 2011, 10.1038/NCHEM.1201


Metal: Hg; Zn
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: TRI peptide
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical & genetic
Max TON: >10
ee: ---
PDB: 3PBJ
Notes: Zn ion for catalytic activity, Hg ion for structural stability of the ArM. PDB ID 3PBJ = Structure of an analogue.

Metal: Hg; Zn
Ligand type: Amino acid
Host protein: TRI peptide
Anchoring strategy: Dative
Optimization: Chemical & genetic
Max TON: ---
ee: ---
PDB: 3PBJ
Notes: Zn ion for catalytic activity, Hg ion for structural stability of the ArM, kcat/KM ≈ 1.8*105 M-1*s-1. PDB ID 3PBJ = Structure of an analogue.